When does this ordinance take effect?

On January 21, 2021, the Northampton City Council approved a new plastic reduction ordinance, which bans styrofoam and non-recyclable plastic take-out containers and instead requires prepared food to be packaged in biodegradable, recyclable, reusable or compostable containers. The ordinance took effect on January 1, 2022. This ordinance replaces the single-use plastic bag ban (Section 272-18) since it incorporates the prohibition on single-use plastic bags. 

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1. What is a Plastic Reduction & Sustainability Ordinance?
2. Who is affected by this ordinance?
3. When does this ordinance take effect?
4. What types of bags and containers can I use?
5. Are there exemptions?
6. What happens if I do not comply?